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Homegrown Stories

In this section you will find stories of programs and initiatives across BC. If you have an idea for a homegrown story, please contact us.

Indigenous Governance, Food Policy & Local Government: A Community of Practice Conversation

Dawn Morrison

The Gateway convened a conversation on May 8 with the local government and food policy community of practice (CoP) to explore the question: What is Indigenous governance and how does it relate to our work of moving food policy ahead with local government?

In this story we reflect on some of the teachings shared by two leaders in this work, Jolene Andrew, Witsuwit’en Territory and, Dawn Morrison of the Secwepemc Nation.

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Community of Practice Builds New Connections in Cranbrook

Community of Practice Gathering 2017

A vibrant Community of Practice is supporting food system advocates across B.C. to work with local government to advance food policy. In this story Tanya Malcolm shares her “a ha” moment coming back from an in-person gathering and Sophie Larsen shares the breadth of food systems work happening through Community Connections in Cranbrook, BC.

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Community of Practice Builds Food Policy Capacity in Squamish

A vibrant Community of Practice is supporting food system advocates across B.C. to work with local government to advance food policy. Krystle tenBrink and Michalina Hunter with Squamish CAN (Climate Action Network) have participated in the Community of Practice since the beginning, and are steering the work of the new Squamish Food Policy Council.

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Whose Food System? Challenging the Local Food Narrative in Vancouver’s Chinatown

Cultural food assets.
Parallel food systems.
Chinese food distribution system.

These are not familiar terms to those working in mainstream food security in BC. This language is, however, beginning to get out there thanks to the work of the Hua Foundation. This youth-driven organization nestled in Vancouver’s Chinatown is stewarding a conversation about culture, history, knowledge, and discrimination within the food movement.

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UPDATE from Vancouver’s North Shore: Table Matters Network Convenes Dialogues Celebrating Diversity

by Lindsey Miles-Pickup

This year’s Table Matters gathering on Vancouver’s North Shore, “Seed, Soil & Sovereignty: Celebrating Diversity With Food” confidently addressed themes of Indigenous food sovereignty, racism, and anti-poverty, some of the most critical issues in BC’s food system and movement.

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